Saving Lives Through Science

Wistar scientists are international leaders in their fields, defining the questions that must be asked and devising the tools needed to answer those questions. Their continuing efforts move us closer to discovering the causes and cures for major diseases, including cancer and AIDS.


The Wistar Institute is dedicated to basic biomedical research—investigation driven by the desire of Wistar researchers to answer fundamental scientific questions. Throughout its history, the ability of Wistar scientists to explore their research interests has yielded new therapies, vaccines, and insights that have profoundly influenced the progress of both science and medicine. Wistar recognizes that collaboration is one of its traditional strengths, and today the Institute takes a team science approach to translating basic scientific discoveries into practical therapies.

cancer center

The Wistar Institute Cancer Center

The Wistar Institute Cancer Center merges basic cancer research with advances pertinent to cancer prevention, diagnosis, and therapy.

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Center for Systems and Computational Biology

The Center for Systems and Computational Biology is an interdisciplinary... More Info >

Melanoma Research Center

The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center strives to understand the... More Info >

Vaccine Center

There are many infectious diseases for which no vaccines exist... More Info >